Shortcuts, Shortcuts, Shortcuts… Image Processing for Lazy Photographers

Sam and I have been hard at work the last couple of weeks putting the final touches on a new eBook called Sam and Darwin’s 7 Quick and Dirty Processing Shortcuts for Lazy Photographers. Right now Stephen is putting spit and polish on the eBook design. So stay tuned for this eBook coming up soon!

We developed this eBook in response to numerous requests on how we process our photos. We’ve always been hesitant to share our methods… not because they are secret or innovative but because we do things all ‘wrong’. Wrong? Well, let’s just say that the Kelbys and Lyndas out there teaching image processing would be appalled by our unconventional workflow (and we would probably fail their courses)!

But (and here is the important point) our method works just fine for us, delivering results every time with little fuss. And we get our images processed fast. So we thought we would share what we do in the hopes that some of our shortcuts might help you shorten your time processing on the computer so that you can have more time for creative photography in the field.

In the meantime to help you save even more time be sure to check out our article: Image Storage and Retrieval: Are You a Cherry Picker or a Bean Counter?

Are you ready to be a lazy photographer?

©Samantha Chrysanthou - The raw image captured in camera with minimal processing.

©Samantha Chrysanthou – The raw image captured in camera with minimal processing.

©Samantha Chrysanthou - The final image processed using our quick and dirty shortcuts

©Samantha Chrysanthou – The final image of Dinosaur Provincial Park processed using our quick and dirty shortcuts



About the Author

I am a Canadian landscape and outdoor photographer who loves long hikes in the woods, yummy food, hairy dogs, good company and a good guitar jam.


  1. Ron
    December 9, 2013

    Oh, and just for the record, I bet the Kelby’s and Linda’s of this world could not help but be impressed with what is shown on this site. Hey, you may even be able to teach them a trick or two!

    Darwin, anyone who makes it to the cover of Outdoor Photographer and wins the Photographer of the year award from an excellent UK publication can’t be doing too many things wrong.


    • Darwin Wiggett
      December 9, 2013

      You might change your mind when you read the eBook ;-)

      But I do think our images speak for themselves just like Sam’s really nice shot of Dinosaur above!

  2. Ron
    December 9, 2013

    I own Sam’s 70-300 Nikon, I have at least 2 of your ebooks and will be buying the one on Tilt/Shift as soon as I can save for the recent lens you reviewed. I think for less money it will give me a great start into this area for Nikon. So, the chances of me changing my mind are about as good as NOT finding bear poop in the Canadian Rockies.

    • Darwin Wiggett
      December 9, 2013

      Hope you are liking Sam’s old lens… it took really good photos in her hands ;-)

  3. Donnie
    December 9, 2013

    “Spit and polish” on the “quick and dirty” seems the ultimate oxymoron? LOL. I look forward to your ebook as I have enjoyed your others. Hopefully I am lazy enough to qualify.

    • Darwin Wiggett
      December 9, 2013

      Donnie, we used a lazy cliché to get the results we wanted ;-)

  4. Jane Chesebrough
    December 9, 2013

    Huh! You never cease to amaze me.

  5. Allan Ashcroft
    December 10, 2013

    At last someone to help the computer illiterate LOL, can’t wait to have a read Darwin. Always looking for an easier way to do things.

  6. Tom
    December 10, 2013

    I too am looking forward to your new ebook. My post processing is probably all wrong too (I’m self taught) so I’m really curious how many different “wrong” methods there are that actually achieve good results.

    • Darwin Wiggett
      December 10, 2013

      It ain’t wrong if you get the results you want ;-)

    • Samantha Chrysanthou
      December 11, 2013

      Probably a slew of them…that’s the beauty of processing!

  7. oswaldo
    December 15, 2013

    When is this new ebook supposed to be out? Thanks. Oz.